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August 14, 2006 Issue

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  • Feature

    Iraq Is Dying

    As an array of Iraqi leaders met with American peace activists this week in Amman, Jordan, a grim picture emerged of what the future will be, regardless of whether US troops stay or depart.

    Tom Hayden

  • Ned Lamont’s Digital Constituency

    Liberal bloggers were just one aspect of a sophisticated netroots strategy that led Ned Lamont to victory. Lamont must now leverage his digital constituency to force Joe Lieberman to drop his independent bid and win the support of a broad spectrum of voters.

    Ari Melber

  • Say Goodnight, Joe

    Without a motivated base, fundraising capacity or resonant message, Joe Lieberman is now in free-fall, lacking the strength and credibility to run as an independent.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Birth Pangs of a New Christian Zionism

    Rapture-ready Christian Zionists have hired their first full-time Washington lobbyist. He's experienced, connected--and, oy vey, he's Jewish.

    Max Blumenthal

  • The Smoking Volcano

    As election officials in Mexico recount only a handful of contested voting districts in the flawed presidential elections, Andrés Manuel López Obrador walks a tightrope between defiance and keeping a lid on his steamed-up constituents.

    John Ross

  • Lieberman Digs In

    In New Haven, Joe Lieberman dismissed questions about a possible independent run if he is defeated in today's primary by antiwar candidate Ned Lamont and declared if re-elected to the Senate, he would not change his ways.

    Ari Melber

  • Israeli Doves Challenge the War

    According to the Western media, most Israelis, including leading peace advocates, support the ongoing war in Lebanon. But Israeli doves are beginning to speak out. Will it make a difference?

    Jon Wiener

  • Is Israel Good for the Jews?

    An American Jewish identity that centers on unconditional defense of Israel is not healthy--for either American Jews or Israel.

    Norman Birnbaum

  • Dreams Deferred in Lebanon

    The wounds of the country's long civil war and Israeli occupation were gradually healing. That fragile recovery now lies buried under the rubble of renewed fighting.

    Annia Ciezadlo

  • AIPAC’s Hold

    The Congressional reaction to Hezbollah's attack on Israel and Israel's bombing of Lebanon provide the latest example of the lobby's grip on US foreign policy.

    Ari Berman

  • The Left Gets Real

    Is the coziness of progressives and foreign policy realists a strategic alliance or a sign that the conservative co-optation of "human rights" has disillusioned the left?

    Eyal Press

  • A Fight for the Party’s Soul

    The Lamont/Lieberman Democratic primary race is a referendum not only on the Iraq War but on a new vision for the Democratic Party.

    John Nichols

  • Too Late for Empire

    Thirty years after Watergate, we again face a constitutional crisis at home and a misconceived war abroad. The United States will remain a helpless giant until we finally learn that power in the nuclear, postimperial age is diplomatic, not military.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Books & the Arts

    With Feathers

    In Lunacy, order and liberty wriggle with equal parts Poe and Sade. In Scoop, recycled sleuthing gags masquerade as timely satire.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Global Village

    What does it mean to be from a place? In Monica Ali's new novel, Alentejo Blue, the collision of locals, expatriates and tourists shatters any simple answers to the question.

    Nell Freudenberger

  • A Burnt-Out Case

    A new biography of Timothy Leary reveals the mixed-up sociopath behind the "turn on, tune in, drop out" mantra.

    Neal Pollack

  • The Sunkist Utopian

    One hundred years ago, Upton Sinclair exposed the meatpacking industry. Three new books expose Sinclair as an activist dreamer with a messianic streak.

    Brenda Wineapple

  • Too Late for Empire

    Thirty years after Watergate, we again face a constitutional crisis at home and a misconceived war abroad. The United States will remain a helpless giant until we finally learn that power in the nuclear, postimperial age is diplomatic, not military.

    Jonathan Schell
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